Walk Like An Egyptian


Democracy; defined as: a government by the people; especially : rule of the majority. Democracy; defined as: a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections. In the the wake of the overthrowing/ousting of Egypt’s recently elected President Muhammad Morsi by the Egyptian military for what was deemed as broken promises he made during his election of instituting a government that would be favorable to all Egyptian citizens; I found myself reflecting on the state of our own government elected officials. It made me question our ideologies of democracy and what we define it as. Our US Constitution starts off by saying “We The People…”; but is this claim really true? Is our government really about “the people” or is it about “the principles” of those elected to supposedly represent the people? Where is our voice? Has it been muffled under the massive amounts of red tape of special interest groups? Or has it been lost inside the bartering and jockeying for power? If “the people” of our country has spoken, then why has government throughout numerous election cycles not listened. Did Egypt get Democracy right? Is what Egypt has done, something that “we the people” should have done a long time ago? Perhaps the answer to that question is yes.

The many citizens of Egypt believed that President Morsi never governed democratically nor effectively and considered him to be incompetent. His Islamic Constitution, coupled with Egypt’s spiraling economy, became headlining issues at the forefront of his abdication. This fueled a revolution against his regime, as the people demanded change from what they viewed as state of oppressive rule. When looking over our Second Amendment (The Right to Keep and Bear Arms); it has been widely viewed as a basic endorsement for carrying firearms. Yes this is partially correct; however the fine print also states “resistance of oppression”. Oppression is defined as: something that oppresses especially in being an unjust or excessive exercise of power. Does this not describe our government over the past several decades? Have they not become drunken with excessive amounts of power and greed? Was perhaps the Second Amendment, when constructed by the founding fathers, meant to be a tool for regulating government and not just a reason to shoot an intruder? Did Egypt get this right? Did they in fact embrace democracy by its truest definition? If so, what does this say about “we the people” of the United States? Have we lost what the world strives to achieve? Perhaps we are not the leaders of the free world, as we have yet to understand our one principle premise; democracy.

The unrest in Egypt has the global attention of nations abound. I subscribe to change as it gives birth to a new way. It forces us to relive, rethink and reevaluate our philosophies and theologies. The evolution of life in itself is a groundbreaking nuance that often thrusts adrenalin throughout our veins, as our eyes become captivated by the thought of what can happen next. Are our steps towards a future in this country too defined and measured? Or should we do what’s trending throughout world news right now and “walk like an Egyptian”? #independence day


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